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“Cold radiators, dreadful 'en suite' bathroom”
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Sportsman Inn
Ranked #4 of 6 Hayfield B&B and Inns
Wirral, England
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17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Cold radiators, dreadful 'en suite' bathroom”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

Have to agree with review dated 1st November. No log fire, no hot water in en suite,(although this was rectified later), however, there was no heat in the radiator in our room at any time. The bed sheet was perfectly clean, but so thin there were small holes in it and we could see the mattress underneath. We had booked a twin bedded room and had to wait 2 months for this, so were disappointed when we arrived to be told our room was a double. We were offered one upstairs, but that was not a twin either. We took the lower room (3) as we were told it was the warmer one!

The ensuite was horrid. No where to put anything except on the lavatory tank - far from desirable. I think there had been a shelf in there at some time, but now there are just two holes in the wall where I think one had been at some time. The shower was rusty and uninviting. My husband had to mend the broken flush on the toilet when we arrived, surely this should have been noted and repaired when the room was cleaned before we arrived?

The evening meal was very disappointing. We chose steak - we were told it was not available, but a mixed grill was offered instead. This consisted mainly of rather dry grilled chicken pieces, some bacon, a sausage and an egg. My mushroom stroganoff was less than impressive, a small helping of mixed mushrooms in a sauce, with two pieces of toasted ciabatta drizzled with something green.

It was a shame, the Inn is in a nice position, and some Polyfilla and a couple of pots of paint would make a big difference. Also, a log fire would have been nice, it was the end of October and outside it was windy and raining. Even a warm radiator would have helped. We were there on a two night deal, but I am afraid we left after the first night, I could not face another night with that horrid bathroom. The place gives the impression of struggling financially to survive, although when I booked I was told they were very busy and that was why we had to wait for so long to get a twin bedded room!

Room Tip: Avoid room 3
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Croydon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

We had a voucher for a two night trip with full breakfast and dinner on the first night. On arrival we were greeted by a lovely man called Paul who couldn't do enough to help us. He had the log fire alight (it was nearly November) and he made us feel very welcome. Admittedly the room was old, carpet bare, the shower rusty and a poor flow of water in the shower. But the bed was very comfortable (I suspect quite a new mattress), we had lovely clean towels, tea and coffee in the room and a hot radiator. Our meal on the first night by the open fire was great and people were obviously relaxed and enjoying themselves.

We had a brilliant breakfast on the second day and the lady who prepared it was lovely. We went out for the day and when we returned things had changed.

We realised firstly that we had no hot water in our room. On finding the owner/manager (not Paul) we were advised that someone would be coming to fix a leak in the boiler at some stage. So our room was cold and we could not have showers. We went downstairs to the bar and found that the fire had not been lit and so the room was quite cold. I wore a jacket and top coat to keep warm. On asking whether the fire would be lit for the evening my husband was told that as there were some radiators on downstairs the fire would not be lit. As our room was freezing and downstairs as well, we decided to eat out and lose our free bottle of wine, rather than stay in an unwelcoming, cold hotel. I think most people staying there were of the same mind. On returning later in the evening we found that, although hot water had returned, we still had a cold radiator and so we went to bed to keep warm. The next day the breakfast had also changed. We had no beans (apparently they had run out of beans) and the mushrooms had passed their sell by date.

To sum up the first day was great and we really enjoyed ourselves, but the second day was horrific and never again!!

Needless to say we will not be returning unless we can have Paul to look after us for the whole stay.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wombourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed October 26, 2013

The accommodation can only be described as poor. Our room was clean, the bed was comfy and the bedding fine, as were the towels. The shower area was poky but clean and the shared toilet was down a corridor - not good. The carpet was ill fitting.
The best part of our stay was the food. It was excellent, a good varied menu, well cooked and presented. Both the evening meal and breakfast were well up to standard. The staff were friendly.
This place needs to re-open as a restaurant/pub only and forget the accommodation.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

On arrival our first impression was that the picture of the place looked so much more inviting. Inside we were sort of greeted by mine host, I say sort of as we did most of the greeting, he was rather quiet. The pub looked cosy, with slog fires, but ver quiet.

Our room (number 7) looked out onto the side of the pub, with no real view, but not a problem. Our bedroom was fairly large, with tea and coffee, which is always welcomed. The room looked very tired and the pillows (two each) were rather thin. The bathroom was interesting, you walked in (1 pace) immediately stopped, you put your left leg to the left to find the toilet right leg to the right to find the shower and stood still to find the basin. I think and estate agent would call it compact.

The shower was very weak and had no thermostatic control as I found to my horror. At least I came home with a sun tan, if even for the wrong reasons.

We had a very nice meal on both nights, the prices were decent and a decent choice of dishes to choice from. Breakfasts were also good but with little choice. The chef was also the waiter and when all 5 rooms descended at the same time on Sunday morning, service was very slow.

On the Saturday evening there was live entertainment, a singer guitarist 'Big Al" who was superb, he had a great voice and really entertained.

The pub was situated in a beautiful area (although little view from pub) great for walking.

We were on a groupon deal so we felt we had reasonable value for money, would have been peeved to pay full price.

The great shame of this place is that it would only need some little tender touches to make it really good!

Room Tip: don't book room 3, it is right on the front ground floor. Also make sure you ask for en suite.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Louth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

AVOID THIS PLACE!!!!!! saw a deal on Groupon for a few nights break so we though as a little "honeymoon" we would book it and take the dog, so we knew it wasn't going to be the Ritz but to be honest what a waste of money, my partner on booking got told "we would be upgraded to the best room" "with a few treats with it been a day after our wedding" got ther the man seemed to have no clue we got married showed us to our room told us"all the rooms needed work, but he wasn't willing to do as only had 18 months left" left us in our room and i felt sick on the windows there was mold the bathroom you used the shower and toilet at the same time as there was no room for moving. we went for a walk to get out and decide what to do. Got back and i said i would give it ago as it may be a very comfortable bed!!!!!!! went for a meal and the food was AMAZING well worth the wait for the kitchen to open. had a few drinks after meal and went to bed, got woken up at 12.30 with doors slamming and people shouting which make the dog bark so trying to settle the dog down worrying people would complain i kept telling him off for the NEXT HOUR while the door slamming and shouting continued, woke up at 7.00 went for breakfast and yet again the food AMAZING.
after all this i decided we needed to leave as i felt sick every time i went into the bedroom. yes i know you only sleep there but when its your "honeymoon" and you have been promised something and you walk into that and its abit gut wrenching!

Would love money back but clearly not going to happen!
pleased to say we put it on the credit card and went to a nicer place!!!!

Room Tip: Avoid room 7
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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SCUNTHORPE
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33 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2013

We went here on a KGB deal for 2nights b and b, 1 evening meal. I had read the reviews but as usual we kept an open mind? Unfortunately did not stay. We were in room 5 at the back of the building up stairs. There was a noisy kitchen extracter fan ducting which rose beside the window. The room was clean but the carpet looked as if it had seen better days. It was an ensuite if you could call it that. The shower cubicle was in disrepair. The mattresses were not very good. The appearance of the bar area and restaurant were not very welcoming and the smell was not conducive to a relaxing atmosphere and certainly not for dining. We have had several deals for hotels and inns in the past but this one did not live up to our expectation.

Room Tip: Definitely not room 5.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank ERDEL
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2013

We bought a voucher for 2 nights B &B & one dinner at a very reasonable price but some of the reviews on Trip Advisor were a little off putting. We had to cancel our original booking owing to illness and the person dealing with me when I rang to cancel was extremely helpful in re-arranging a new date even though it was outside the period originally stated on the offer.
We arrived on Sunday at lunch time and met family for drinks before being shown to our room by the proprietor who was pleasant & helpful all through our stay.
The room was spotless with plenty of towels and soap & shampoo with tea, coffee and chocolates provided. The room was not luxurious by any means and yes it did need some TLC but adequate for our needs as a place to sleep. The bathroom left something to be desired but again it was sufficent to keep clean for 2 nights.
The evening meal was very good and a good choice of menu. I only drank the beer, a local cask ale, which was excellent and all my family party enjoyed their various meals and drinks.
Breakfast on both mornings was superb with cereals, orange juice, fresh tiger loaf bread, and a cooked breakfast of 2 eggs, 2 rashers bacon, 2 sausages, beans, mushrooms & plum tomato with tea or coffee.
This pub provides accomodation which welcomes people with dogs as can be seen by the number of people who had them both in the bar (not the restaurant area) and in the bedrooms of some of those staying.
As a matter of interest we were in room 3 and are quite amused and astounded by the earlier comments made by a previous visitor.
I have been a mystery guest visitor for hotels for many years and found his one to be good value for the price and spotlessly clean.

Room Tip: This is good, basic clean accomodation. If you want upmarket then it in not the place for you.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Sportsman Inn
Address: Kinder Road, Peak District National Park, Hayfield SK22 2LE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Peak District National Park > Hayfield
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Ranked #4 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Hayfield
Number of rooms: 5
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Sportsman Hotel Hayfield
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